When filing a personal injury claim, it is mission critical that you go over as many of the finer details and small points of the case with your attorney as possible. You need to make sure you cover all of your bases when it comes to understanding the impact that liability has on these legal scenarios.
Most people dive headfirst into litigation without understanding their own specific situation, which can be big trouble – especially if you are working with a legal team that you haven’t worked with in the past.
By understanding the impact that liability has on personal injury claims, you will be much better prepared to navigate your case and hopefully end up with an ideal settlement that you will be satisfied with.
Here are three ways liability affects personal injury lawsuits that you should know about.
1. The more obvious the liability, the less likely an insurance company will oppose a settlement.
The more obvious it is that liability rests on the defendant when you outline your case, and the more significant the liability of the individuals who you are litigating against, the more likely it is that the insurance company is going to cooperate in a settlement.
If you are able to prove that the liability rests almost entirely upon the people or organization that you are pursuing for a personal injury claim, the insurance company is going to do everything in their power to get them to settle in a hurry.
2. The clearer the liability of the defendant, the higher your settlement will be.
If you are able to show that the liability is squarely in the opposing side’s court, and that it can be proven that they are liable for the damages, you are going to have all of the leverage – and that means you are going to be able to demand a more substantial settlement (and get it) than you might have been otherwise able to.
3. Extreme liability may not even require you to hire an attorney in the first place.
If there is extreme liability – if it is completely obvious that the other party is responsible for your personal injury claim – you may not even have to hire a lawyer to get the ball rolling or to receive a settlement offer.
That said, it is usually recommended that you seek legal counsel to assist in handling a personal injury claim. An attorney’s legal expertise will not only help maximize your claim, but also help you avoid any costly mistakes that cannot be undone. If you have experienced an injury and you have questions about your rights, call Roger Davidheiser of the Friedman Rubin Law Firm today for a free consultation.